Over 20,000 people have signed a petition speaking out to prevent a rabbit meat farm being established in Cornwall. But, so far the calls for a halt are based on the proposed site being one of outstanding beauty, but as the global animal welfare organisation, we object on welfare grounds.
After a successful campaign lasting over eight years drew to a close in 2019, we finally saw an end to pet food items in UK supermarkets containing intensively farmed rabbit meat (read more here). But we are shocked and saddened to hear that a brand new rabbit farm has been proposed. Although the outpouring of objections and no comments in support, is showing that the Cornish locals are as furious at these plans as us.
“There is no way to farm rabbits that can meet their welfare needs. Although rabbits have become domesticated animals, they have the behaviours of their wild counterparts, and are unable to express these behaviours within intensive keeping systems. So, this means that they suffer in unimaginable conditions during their short lives”
Emily Wilson, FOUR PAWS UK Head of Programmes
Plans submitted to Cornwall Council suggest the site could yield 10,000 rabbits a year after it’s been established for three years. With no local need for rabbit meat identified and widely reported COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms, we’re left hopping mad at such a proposition. Reports also suggest that rabbit fur could also be sold which again goes against the repeated calls from FOUR PAWS and numerous other NGOs calling for a #FurFreeBritain.
We have submitted our thoughts on the proposal to Cornwall Council, but if you’re as mad as us by this news, speak out against this proposal by signing the petition here, and sharing this article and social media posts.